Director: James Bobin
Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Rated: PG (For fantasy action/peril and some language)
Disney's “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is filled with wall-to-wall visual splendor yet I didn't find much ‘wonder' in my trip to Wonderland this time around. Granted, when I think back to the first film I wasn't exactly blown away by it either. I lamented on the fact that while the film wasn't much of a joyous experience, it was at the very least a competent movie (which isn't something you can usually say when dealing with an adaptation of these books). That film, though, was directed by Tim Burton, a man who made making visually pleasing films in his sleep. This time around Burton has stepped down to merely being a producer and the new director is James Bobin, whose previous two films were “The Muppets” and “The Muppets: Most Wanted.” You'd think with a resume like that, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” would be a bit more fun to watch…and yet, the whole experience becomes more of a headache than a good time.
Parents, without Tim Burton directing this sequel is less scary looking as well as less violent. Only a few action sequences will bother a very young crowd. Recommended for ages 6 and up.